5 details to know about Sushi Guru’s new Plaza Midwood location, opening in mid-March

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Sushi Guru is targeting a mid-March grand opening for its new Plaza Midwood location.

Despite mediocre space and decor, SouthPark’s Sushi Guru has earned a reputation as one of the top sushi restaurants in our city. So it makes sense that they’re now launching a flagship restaurant in the heart of Plaza Midwood.

Sushi Guru has a 4/5 rating on Yelp, 3.5/5 rating on Zomato and 4.1/5 rating on Google. The Agenda named it the #9 sushi restaurant in Charlotte.

Sushi Guru’s new Plaza Midwood location is about 30 yards away from Whiskey Warehouse on The Plaza. The exact location is 1217 The Plaza. They’re targeting March 13 as the grand opening date, but my guess is that it’ll get pushed back as they try to finalize construction.

Here are 5 details you need to know.


Sushi Guru Plaza Midwood will remain a full service restaurant, it’s not going fast casual. 

(1) The two-story restaurant will feature dining on each level, plus two large glass garage doors and a spacious outdoor patio.

The downstairs dining area isn’t large, so expect a lot of dining to take place on the front patio. The second story will have a bar. I’ve also been told that the basement will serve as a wine cellar.


(2) Instead of just sushi, the Sushi Guru’s Plaza Midwood menu will have traditional meat dishes like braised pork belly and skewers.

But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get innovative favorites like Sushi Guru’s sushi pizza.


Fun to share, 4-slice appetizer – but it doesn’t taste as good as Sushi Guru’s rolls.


Sashimi Pizza ($14) – Toasted pita topped with edamame hummus, fresh slices of salmon or tuna, fish roe, sweet peppers, onions, scallions, and drizzled with wasabi aioli and eel sauce.

(3) Cocktails will impress. A few months ago, Sushi Guru hired a world-class bartender from the Philippines named Michael Tubiera.

Recently, Michael made it to the Diageo World Class Cocktail Global Finals in Miami. You can read his Esquire profile here.

I expect Michael and Sushi Guru to make an immediate impact on Charlotte’s growing craft cocktail culture.


Michael previously worked as the head bartender at Rambla in the Philippines. He’s in his late 20’s. Photo via Facebook.

(4) The first floor will have a poke bar, but you’ll still be able to get all your favorite sushi rolls.

Poke, so hot right now. As you’d expect, you’ll be able to create your own poke bowl or choose from Sushi Guru’s pre-set options.

I love poke bowls, but you’ll find me at the second-floor sushi bar watching the chefs create Sushi Guru’s tasty rolls.

The five most popular rolls at Sushi Guru are their Guru Roll, Hamachi Jalapeño Roll, SouthPark Roll, Salmon Lover Roll or the Tuna Lover Roll. Here’s their menu.


Sushi Guru’s signature roll (also their most popular) – Guru Roll ($15) – Tuna, lump crab, avocado drizzled with our signature spicy aioli, flash baked and topped with fried garlic and shallots.

(5) Sushi Guru’s Plaza Midwood parking lot is tiny (I think I saw about 15 spaces), so they’ll install 7 car lifts. Yes, car lifts.

I can’t wait to see how exactly how these car lifts work. Depending on cost and ease of use, I could see car lifts being used in more urban hotspots around our driver-happy city.


The car lifts haven’t been set up yet. Sounds like mostly employees will use the lifts (wrapped in plastic in this photo). 

With no upscale sushi competition in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, I expect Sushi Guru to be successful. I’m most curious about whether or not it can create a craft cocktail vibe that can rival Soul Gastrolounge.

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